Terry Fox Canada’s Greatest Hero & Inspiration

‘I’m not a dreamer, and I’m not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to. I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try, dreams are made possible if you try” – Terry Fox

In frame with the Hero - Terry Fox Statue Ottawa, Canada

Terry Fox is Canada’s greatest Hero and Inspiration.

Thirty years ago this week on April 12, 1980 Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg into the Pacific Ocean in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and set off to run across Canada, his run titled “Marathon Of Hope”. Unfortunately his run ended in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, 1980 after the cancer had spread to his lungs.

Terry ran an average of a marathon – 42 kilometers, 26 miles – every day for 143 days on one real leg and one artificial leg.

The name Terry Fox is synonymous to courage and inspiration.Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After losing his right leg at age 20 to cancer and while in the hospital going through chemo, he was affected by the amount of suffering in the cancer ward and decided that, “Somewhere the hurting must stop”. He decided to run across Canada to raise funds for cancer research.

Terry passed away in June 1981, one month short of his 23 rd birthday. However, four months earlier he achieved his dream of raising one dollar from every Canadian. Terry Fox remains a Canadian hero, inspiring numerous events each year.

He had a goal of raising USD 1 million for the cancer research and ended up raising a USD 22 million. Since the last Thirty years The Terry Fox Foundation has contributed more than USD 500 million to battle the disease that forced him to withdraw halfway across the country and which claimed his life in 1981. He did not seek fame, his only intention was the was to help and inspire those, who like himself had been ravaged by cancer.

Terry embodied much of what is best about Canada – selflessness, honesty, determination and incredible attitude. Thirty years after he began his quest, his legacy continues to uplift us. We all need a role model like Terry Fox in our lives, he keeps reminding us that nothing is impossible if you try.

Did you see Terry run across Canada or have a story to share please let us know.

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  • Cool Web Developer April 16, 2010, 8:37 am

    Terry Fox is a real hero not only in Canada but around the world..the Terry Fox runs are now an annual fund raising global event.

  • Steve Zussino April 16, 2010, 4:19 pm

    I am from Thunder Bay and it is so inspirational to see his monument before you reach the city.

    It is so powerful everytime I go there.
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    • ZK April 16, 2010, 6:55 pm

      I have’nt been to Thunder Bay as yet, hope to make a trip there soon :)

  • Aluminum Laptop Cases April 16, 2010, 4:42 pm

    ZK great idea to feature Terry Fox. He is a true hero that can inspire all of us. It really shows how much one person can accomplish.

  • migraine causes April 16, 2010, 6:43 pm

    Terry is very inspiring for people who don’t want to do anything and just stay in their place and want the whole world to come to them asking them what they want.

  • Cheats April 17, 2010, 2:48 am

    I really love Canada and now is the time to love also their hero
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  • Ganesh Iyer April 19, 2010, 3:22 am

    This story is very inspiring , I am one of those who go about complaining, guess after reading this story , I have to look at the brighter side of life.
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  • Dagul@Wealth Creation April 19, 2010, 7:55 am

    I just came to know him here and his story is really inspiring. I already retweeted this one.

  • Mathew Day April 21, 2010, 2:21 pm

    That’s an incredible and inspiring story, great post. :)
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  • Dump Trucks April 22, 2010, 6:33 am

    Terry Fox was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. Though the spread of his cancer forced him to end his quest after 143 days his determination and example created a lasting, worldwide legacy.

  • Microstore Financement September 6, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Very good story…